Texas football coach Mack Brown has been selected as the 2009 Big 12 Coach of the Year, league officials announced today. Brown, who also won the honor in 2005, was selected in balloting by fellow coaches.
Brown has led the third-ranked Longhorns (12-0) to a berth against No. 21 Nebraska (9-3) in Saturday's Big 12 Championship Game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. With last week's 49-39 victory over Texas A&M, the Longhorns became the first team in school history to post a 12-0 regular-season record.
Although the 2005 Longhorns finished 13-0 and won a national championship under Brown, that team played only 11 regular-season games.
During Brown's 12-year tenure, Texas has won or shared the South Division title six times. The Longhorns have advanced to the Big 12 title game in 1999, 2001, 2005 and 2009. Texas heads into Saturday's matchup against Nebraska with a 16-game winning streak and a 25-1 mark in its last 26 games.
With 12 wins this season, Texas has won 10 or more games in nine consecutive seasons. That is the nation's longest active streak of seasons with double-digit victories and ranks second to Florida State (14) on the all-time list. The Seminoles' streak of seasons with 10 or more victories stretched from 1987-2000.
_ Jimmy Burch